On the normalization on the spectral function of the nucleus and the EMC effect

L. L. Frankfurt, Mark Strikman

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It is shown that a nonrelativistic normalization of the spectral function of the nucleus previously used underestimates the number of nucleons in a nucleus (about two nucleons for Fe). If the conservation of the baryon charge of the nucleus is accounted for, the contribution of the nucleon binding to the EMC effect is reduced by almost a factor 3. It is explained why the structure function of the nucleus is expressed through the light-cone wave function of the nucleus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 1987


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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